Well, we cannot say that we were not expecting this. We were. Elon Musk took a poll, 52% of the people responding said yes, reinstate Trump and Musk is using that as his justification for doing so. Content moderation by vox populi, or vox MAGA in this case, get used to it. Axios:

Why it matters: Trump used Twitter as his primary communication tool when running for president, and then while in office.

  • Trump, twice-impeached and under criminal investigation, launched his 2024 campaign on Tuesday night.
  • Musk has said permanent bans should be extremely rare (he recently implemented them for users who impersonate others) and that Trump’s suspension was “a mistake” and “foolish,” announced on Friday that Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson and Babylon Bee were reinstated and that a decision hadn’t been made yet about Trump’s account.

The big picture: Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account two days after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, in what it said was a response to the “risk of further incitement of violence.”

  • Trump was permanently de-platformed by Facebook one day later, but Facebook later reduced its ban to two years.

  • Earlier this year, Trump launched a Twitter clone called Truth Social. But the social media platform has struggled with user growth after an initial surge as well as federal investigations into its stalled merger with a blank check acquisition company.

Look ahead: Trump has said he wouldn’t use Twitter, if he is reinstated, and he agreed to some restrictions upon forming Truth Social.

Every instinct in my being says this is not a good move. Let’s just see what happens now.

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  1. Fuck twitter. Fuck Musk. He (correctly) sees Trump coming back an generating traffic and therefore money. Never mind the damage Trump did and will do again with such a large platform on which to spew his toxic bullshit. Musk’s investment is in “bigly” trouble and he sees Trump generating the revenue to help keep it afloat which he unfucks the various fuckups he’s committed with his new toy. His “poll” was rigged. It was as you say to give him plausible deniability but he wants the fucking money and will do anything and allow anyone like Trump to say anything to get it. At least street hustlers are honest about selling themselves for sex and degradation!

  2. Just in time for Twitter to all to come crashing down. This makes as much sense as insisting on boarding the Titanic after it struck the iceberg. As if advertisers didn’t have enough reason to stay away.



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